indoor recreational swimming pool

The Municipality of Port Hope operates a 25 m pool, a therapy pool and a whirlpool for public use and rentals at the Jack Burger Sports Complex. We provide swimming lessons and leadership programs for all ages.

Due to Provincial legislation, effective February 17, 2021, recreational activities will be offered under the Orange Zone of the Ontario COVID Framework. Patrons will be able to reserve activities at The Town Park Recreation Centre and Jack Burger Sports Complex. The Ruth Clarke Activity Centre remains closed. 

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March/April Session 2021

Registration opens Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:45 a.m. to Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
The session will run from March 15 to April 18.
Registration will open at 5:45 a.m., online, in-person, and over the phone at Jack Burger Sport Complex
In-person and over the phone registration will open at 8:00 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre.

2021 Spring Session 1

Registration opens Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:45 a.m. to  Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
The session will run from April 19 to May 23.
Registration will open at 6:45 a.m., online, in-person, and over the phone at Jack Burger Sport Complex
In-person and over the phone registration will open at 8:00 a.m. at Town Park Recreation Centre.

2021 Spring Session 2

Registration Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:45 a.m. to Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
The session will run from May 25 to June 27
Registration will open at 5:45 a.m., online, in-person, and over the phone at Jack Burger Sport Complex
In-person and over the phone registration will open at 8:00 a.m. at Town Park Recreation Centre.

Recreation swimming and COVID-19 protocols

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, recreational swimming is by reservation in advance only. Please use our online tool or call customer service at 905-885-2474 ext 3225 to book your space. 

How do I book a reservation?

Reservations open on Thursdays at 6:45 a.m. for activities taking place the the following week (Sunday to Saturday).

Each swim is 45 minutes and pre-payment is required. 

Due to limited space, changes and refunds will not be available for reserved times. If you are unsure if you can attend a pre-booked time, please call the morning of the day you want to swim and see where there are spaces available. 

Please note that snorkels are not permitted at this time.  View our swim schedule for available pool times.

Pool Schedule March 7 to March 28, 2021

Reservations for all swimming is required. You must register for each specific swim time. Reservations open Thursdays at 6:45 a.m. for the following week by phone and online.

Paper Passes Update

Do you have a paper punch pass for swimming, skating, pickleball or stocking stuffer passes for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture activities? With COVID-19 restrictions continuing, we anticipate that the return to regular drop in activities without reservation requirements will continue to be delayed. 

In order to assist our customers who had previously purchased passes, we are offering the opportunity to trade in passes for a refund to account. A refund to account will allow you to reserve your drop in activities and pay with the credit.

The refund will be equal to the value of the remaining passes of the purchased amount. Credits on accounts do not have an expiry date, therefore can be used quickly or can be used when you are ready to return to your activities. 

Account Credits

If you would like to request a refund to your account, please bring your paper pass to the Jack Burger Sports Complex (for swim/skate) or the Town Park Recreation Centre (for gym activities) and staff at each of those sites will process your transaction. Please allow three business days for the transactions to be completed.  You will receive an email receipt of the credit that has been placed on your account.  The deadline to exchange your pass for a credit is April 1, 2021. 

Thank you for your continued support at this time as we continue to find safe and accessible ways to offer you access to recreation facilities and programs. 

Adult Therapy Pool (TP) Swim

 The adult therapy pool is for adults ages 18 years and older.

COVID-19 restriction: Maximum of 6 swimmers per swim

  • Monday: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m.

Adult Lane Swim (25m pool)

 The adult lane swim is for adults 16 years plus. 

COVID-19 restriction: One person per lane, but if you would like to book a lane to share with a family member, please let staff know when booking.

  • Monday: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

 Family Swim

For our family swim, regardless of age, all children ages 14 and under are to go in the water with an adult 18 years and older. Each person must pay for admission. 

COVID-19 restriction: Maximum of 16 swimmers.

  • Monday: 10:45 a.m. (TP* Only), 7:30 p.m. (TP* Only)
  • Tuesday: 10:45 a.m. (TP* Only), 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:45 a.m. (TP* Only), 7:30 p.m. (TP* Only)
  • Thursday: 10:45 a.m. (TP* Only)
  • Friday: 10:45 a.m. (TP* Only), 6:15 p.m. (TP* Only)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

*TP = Therapy Pool 

 Public Swim

 Public swim is open to all ages. Our admission standards apply and you pay per person.

COVID-19 restriction: Maximum of 23 swimmers.

  • Monday: 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 2:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

Parent and Tot Swim

 The Parent and Tot Swim is for families with children ages 6 years and under, and is in the therapy pool only.

COVID-19 restriction: This swim is not being offered at this time, please reserve a spot during a family swim. We will reintroduce this swim when COVID-19 restrictions are removed.

Special Needs Swim

 For patrons with special needs to enjoy the therapy pool. Patrons with special needs may have one caregiver join them at no cost.

COVID-19 restriction: Due to limited pool space, this swim is not being offered at this time. Please join us for any age appropriate swim and one caregiver will still be entered at no cost.

Aquatic Fitness, Lessons and Leadership Courses

The Municipality offers a number engaging swimming options below.

Group of children in a swimming lesson
Swimming Lessons

We offer Red Cross and Lifesaving society programs for infant to adults

Group of synchronized swimmers
Specialty Classes

Try out our specialty classes such as synchronized swimming

Women in pool taking aqua fit class
Lifeguard and Instructors

We offer leadership courses to become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

Women in pool taking aqua fit class
Aqua Fitness

Get fit and have a blast with our aqua exercises in the pool. The most fun you'll ever have exercising!

General Pool Admission Info

Learn more about our admission standards, swim fees and wristband policy.

Swim Fees

Fees Per Swim

All prices include HST

COVID-19 restriction: some fees may vary and multi-pass purchases are not available at this time, watch for our new electronic passes in the near future.

  • Under 2 years old - Free
  • Child or Youth (2-17 years) - $4.50
  • Adult (18 years or older) - $6.50
  • Seniors (55 years or older) - $4.50
  • Family of 5 - $14.00 

Swim passes can also be purchased at the below rates:

  • 10 pass: Get 10 swims for the cost of 8
  • 20 pass: Get 20 swims at the cost of 15

Toonie Swim

COVID-19 restriction: Toonie Swim is not available at this time, watch the calendar for new dates to come

First Friday of each month during public swim from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Admission standards and swim tests


Admission standards

Our admission standards are in place for your safety and enjoyment. We will uphold our supervision and ratio requirements. A caregiver must be at least 14 years of age and is responsible for the children in their care while in the facility.  

Ages 5 years and under 

For children 5 years and under must be with a caregiver in arms reach at all times with a ratio of 1:3.

6-9 years old and cannot pass swim test = red wristband

For children 6 to 9 years who cannot pass the swim test will be given a red wristband and must always be with a caregiver in arms reach with a ratio of 1:4.

6-7 years old and can pass swim test = green wristband

For children 6 to 7 years who can pass the swim test will be given a green wristband, a caregiver must remain in the pool and the child must complete the swim test each visit.

8-9 years old and can pass swim test = green wristband

For children 8 to 9 years of age and can pass the swim test will be given a green wristband and a caregiver must remain in the facility.

10-13 years old. No supervision required. 

For children 10 to 13 years of age there is no supervision required. Note: exception during family swims all children 14 and under are to be accompanied in the water by an adult 18+. 

 Facility swim test

To successfully pass the swim test, a swimmer must swim one length of the 25 m pool without stopping. Any aged swimmer may need to do the swim test.

  • If swim test is passed = green wristband. This allows you to swim in both pools.
  • If a swimmer cannot pass the swim test = red wrist band. Must stay in small pool or shallow end of the 25 metre pool. 

What to wear

Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper or pool pants. No diapers allowed. Others must wear clean attire used only for swimming. 

Terms 

Caregiver

Must be at least 14 years of age and are responsible for the children in their care while in the facility

Always accompanied

Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 14 years old and is responsible for direct supervision. Caregiver must be in bathing attire and within arms reach of the child or children at all times both in and out of the water.